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Achievement for Today

  • Ordered blinds for the studio window

  • Took six boxes of stuff to the house.

  • Got rug tape.

  • Got weatherstripping for the back door.

  • Got electric socket insulators for exterior walls.

Not a huge day, but good enough considering.

In case anyone was wondering about my EverQuest query from earlier, I was just curious 'cause EQ was THE thing to do for a while, but WoW knocked it from its perch, so I was hoping that EQ might be a way to avoid the stoopid that's so prevalent in the whole MMO scene. If I could find a low-population, RP-snob-filled MMO I might try it just because it's so difficult to find any other CRPGs any more ... but, with all due apologies to Smrgol and Kamau, the one time I tried WoW it was so "everything bad I ever suspected about MMOs confirmed" that I can't imagine trying it again. I honestly don't see what appeal anybody sees in it. It's neither a good CRPG, nor a good social venue. As far as I could make out, it was just a mess.

Ah well. The only reason I have any time to even contemplate a new game is because the strip's on hold while I'm moving, and that's only going to be a few weeks. So I'm probably better off without it anyway.

But now, it's bedtime. I expect to be working from home to rest my back tomorrow. G'nite, world!

-The Gneech

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sirfox
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=155

it seemed appropriate.

/wow addict.
//just hit 70. x_x sad.
smrgol_t_kirin
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was not a good first exposure to WoW.
It does go better once you level up a bit and leave the beguinner's area though.

There's a two dollar intro disk out there that gets you a couple of weeks of game play if you want to try again.
the_gneech
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Well, my real problem with it wasn't the idjits running around, although they didn't help. My problem with it was that it didn't make any sense.

You've got this church, with kobolds out back. The kobolds are apparently some kind of threat, so you go into the church and get tasked with killing X number of them. Okay. So you go out back and find these guys wandering around in a discrete area, not really doing much of anything, just standing around waiting to get killed.

So you do your bit of state-sponsored genocide and go back to the church, where you get some money and are tasked with going into the cave and killing the tougher kobolds -- who don't actually come into town and threaten people or anything, they just lurk in the cave waiting for you to come kill them. You have to pass through the fields full of weaker kobolds, but you can ignore them now because a bunch of other beginner players are busy doing their "killing X number of kobolds".

And that will never change. I could go off and go through all kinds of epic adventures, but when I came home those damn kobolds and newbie adventurers would still be there.

My suspension of disbelief just can't make the leap required to enjoy it. Lurking near a treasure chest in the hopes that it regenerates a magic item? What kind of sense does that make? The MMO model seems to take all of my least-favorite parts of gaming and exalt them to the end-all, be-all of the experience. As much as I joke about wanting to "kill monsters and take their stuff," that isn't really why I game. I want the story, the characters, the immersion in a fantasy setting. The game mechanics should be entirely secondary and should serve the story -- but in WoW (and other MMOs, from what I gather), the game mechanics are the story.

*shrugs* Not my cuppa. Great for those who like it, but not me.

-The Gneech
kamau_d_lyon
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
All that you say is true however you have to remember that this is the beginners area as well. It's to get people use to the system, the controls and how the system works. As you get higher the quests become more complex and you have to interact with other players. You don't end up returning to the beginners area but place your home in a higher area. This also gives you chance to do practice or real Player vs. Player combat.

I will admit that WoW nor any other MMO has given me the same experience I get in RPG with a live game master but the AI of these is still too limited to do much better. At least for me it's the only thing I can get to these days and even that's limited.

I hope you'll find something that you can play and enjoy one of these days.
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